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     Live Oak High School in northern California sent five students wearing the American flag home on May 5th, known to North Americans as Cinco de Mayo.  They were told that “[it was] sensitive to Mexican-Americans because it's supposed to be their holiday so we were not allowed to wear it" said Daniel Galli, one of the students sent home.
     The five students were sitting outside of the school when Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez asked the boys to remove their bandannas and to come to the principal’s office.  There the boys were given the choices to either turn their shirts inside out or leave the school.  The students told the AP and Principal Nick Boden that the former was disrespectful and were later escorted home by their parents.
     However plenty of other students were spotted wearing the Mexican flag.  Their flags were taken away or asked to be put away, but no one else was sent home or taken to the principal’s office.
     California Education Code 48950 prohibits schools from enforcing a rule subjecting a high school student to disciplinary sanctions solely on the basis of conduct, that when engaged outside of campus, is protected by the First Amendment.  The incident is currently under investigation mainly because the school has not provided enough evidence that the boys’ clothing were disruptive of school premises. 
     The incident has been called a violation of the students’ right to freedom of speech.  The school has no uniform and the students were sent home for wearing the American flag.

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